Orange Bowl

2008

Kansas 24
Virginia Tech 21

January 3, 2008 – Dolphin Stadium
 
Dream Season Continues for Kansas
In a classic matchup between the nation’s second ranked scoring defense in the Virginia Tech Hokies (15.5 ppg) against the nation’s second ranked scoring offense in the Kansas Jayhawks (44.3 ppg), something had to give in the 2008 Orange Bowl.
 
For much of the night, Virginia Tech stymied Kansas’ offense but it was the Jayhawk defense that came up big with three interceptions and beat the Hokies, 24-21, to cap one of the finest seasons in school history.
 
The takeaways led to 17 Kansas points, including game MOP Aqib Talib’s 60-yard return for the game’s first score.
 
This was the first major bowl for the Jayhawks since the 1969 Orange Bowl, and they made a big splash at the start, racing to a 17-0 lead after 23 minutes.
 
Virginia Tech closed the deficit to 17-14 before Sean Glennon was intercepted by Justin Thornton, whose 30-yard return gave Kansas the ball at the 2 with 11 minutes left. Kansas quarterback Todd Reesing scored on the next play.
 
Sparking the Tech comeback was Justin Harper’s 84-yard punt return after taking a lateral on a reverse from Eddie Royal, who fielded the kick.
 
Kansas, perhaps the biggest surprise in college football during the season, won in its first Bowl Championship Series game to set a team record for victories.

 

 

  Kansas VT
First Downs 19 20
Rushing Attempts 36 42
Rushing Yards 95 135
Passes Attempted 38 31
Passes Completed 21 14
Had Intercepted 1 3
Passing Yards 249 171
Total Offense 344 306
Punts/Avg. 5/50.0 5/38.6
Fumbles/Lost  1/0 0/0
Penalties/Yards 5/70 4/27

 

SCORE BY QUARTERS            
Kansas 7 10 0 7 - 24
Virginia Tech 0 7 7 7 - 21

SCORING SUMMARY
KU: Talib 60-yard Int. return (Webb kick); KU: Webb 32-yard FG; KU: Henry 13-yard pass from Reesing (Webb kick); VT: Ore 1-yard run (Dunlevy kick); VT: Harper 84-yard punt return (Dunlevy kick); KU: Reesing 2-yard run (Webb kick); VT: Harper 20-yard pass from Glennon (Dunlevy kick) MOP: Aqib Talib (Kansas)
 
Kansas Head Coach: Mark Mangino
Virginia Tech Head Coach: Frank Beamer